Comprehensive Aesthetic Dentistry
Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation, “gingivitis,” to more serious levels that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In very bad cases, teeth are lost.We use highly effective, deep-cleaning soft tissue lasers to provide leading-edge solutions for periodontal treatment.
Our mouths are full of bacteria, which constantly form a colourless plaque on teeth. Brushing and flossing help to get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form bacteria-harboring “tartar” that brushing can’t remove.Only a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist can remove tartar.
The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harm they do. The bacteria cause gingivitis, which is when gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily.Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental care.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis.” In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form ‘pockets’ that are infected; the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s enzymes fighting the infection actually start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and connective tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and fall out or have to be removed.
How laser assisted technology works for periodontal treatment
To arrest and reverse these problems, we will remove the plaque using deep-cleaning laser-assisted technology to remove tartar from above and below the gum line, get rid of rough spots on the tooth root where germs gather, and help remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. Together with traditional processes of scaling and planing, we are able to produce more effective results, rapidly realized, and with less oral trauma.
Medications may also be used with treatment. Depending on the severity of gum disease, we may need to recommend surgery to pull back the gums to remove tartar that can’t be removed otherwise.
For the most severe cases, grafting is a method that can be used to replace or encourage new growth of bone or gum tissue destroyed by periodontitis. A technique that can be used with bone grafting is called guided tissue regeneration, in which a small piece of mesh-like fabric is inserted between the bone and gum tissue. This keeps the gum tissue from growing into the area where the bone should be, allowing the bone and connective tissue to regrow.